Songs We Sing (01.03.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of January 3, 2016, CCJ band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

I AM
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash, 2013. Taken from Exodus 3, this song uses clever wordplay to show that THE I AM is holding on to us in his sovereignty and we, in turn, are holding onto Him (all we can really do).
Buy “I Am” by Crowder.
 
LET GOD ARISE
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Jesse Reeves, 2006. I love the line “Death has no sting/No final word/Our God is a god who saves.”
Download “Let God Arise (Live at CCJ)” by Alyssa + The Trio
Buy “Let God Arise” by Chris Tomlin.

 
PSALM 18
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eicrhelberger; 2013. Taken straight from Psalm 18, this straight ahead driving song declares the greatness of God, the mighty “rock and shield, the fortress that fights off fear.”
Buy “Psalm 18” by Citizens & Saints.
 
IN CHRIST ALONE
Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; 2001. This is a modern hymn (meaning, it’s written in the classic hymn format) that has also become a modern classic in the church. It’s the complete gospel in four verses and is a great, great song.
Buy “In Christ Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope.
 
COME AS YOU ARE
Written by Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher, 2014. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This song, along with songs like the old hymn “Just As I Am” reflect that thought. We can come to Jesus and find forgiveness just as we are, not having to clean ourselves up first. Thank God, he finds us in our lowly estate and rescues us from darkness.
Buy “Come As You Are” by Crowder.
 
WE ARE CALLED
Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for our study of I Peter (preached in early 2009). This is a reminder of who we, as Christians, are in God’s eyes and we have no need to fear, even in the face of trials or persecution, because we (Christians) are His people.
Buy “We Are Called” by Narrow Path.

CCJ Going Multi-Site


 

On Sunday, December 27, 2015, CCJ Senior Minister Darrel Land announced to the people of CCJ the church’s plans to launch our first multi-site location in Loogootee, Ind.

 

While no firm date has been set, we hope to launch this first location in 2016. We currently have plans to utilize the former Pamida/Shopko building located on the south end of Loogootee.

 

Watch the full video above for further details (start at 30:30).

 
Read on for Darrel’s remarks on multi-site from the Dec. 27 sermon.

I have said before if our mission is to grow a large church — then mission accomplished. But our mission isn’t to grow a large church. Our mission is to reach people for Jesus. Not long ago in our “Team” sermon series, we laid out one of the strategies in which God is leading us to do that. The leaders of the church have been led to do this through multi-site church. We feel the best way to make disciples the fastest and most effectively is to be One Church in multiple locations.

When we look around most of Southern Indiana we see churches on the decline. We see once-thriving churches dying and, honestly, a couple funerals away from death as a church. While church planters are going to larger populations and urban areas, none of them are going to rural America. In defense of them, when they started planting churches rural America had thriving churches reaching lost people — so it made sense. However, that has changed. Generations of people in this region are not growing up in the church or staying in the church and as a result don’t know Jesus.

What we are going to do is begin to spread out. Many of you who drive here from other communities realize you will never get your lost friends to come here but you have a better shot at getting them to attend a church like this in your community.

As we explained in the “Team” series, we will go to communities within our region where there are not churches like ours that match up with our DNA of reaching the unchurched and underchurched and we will start campuses with worship services and ministry a lot like here. We will hire a lean staff to lead those ministries and the sermon will be the same at all of our locations coming live from the 1450 (Energy Drive) campus.

Over the last year, year-and-a-half, we’ve been praying over two particular locations (north and south) while also being open to communities east and west of here. We been asking God, “Where do you want us to go?” I think this is really important for you to know and to understand. God has actually kept several doors shut. We’ve walked up and we’ve knocked and we said, “God, where do you want us to go?” We thought maybe He was moving us in a direction and He ended up shutting a door. He either said, “No,” or He is saying, “Not yet.”

So with that being said, I am very excited to share where He has really opened the door. I am really excited to announce that CCJ is moving forward with our first additional location. The first CCJ multi-site location will be located in Loogootee Indiana.

Some of you may wonder why Loogootee?

It is one of those areas we identified because so many from that direction are driving to CCJ and there are so many in that area not going to church at all. In addition, over the last few months a unique opportunity has opened up.

There is a CCJ family from Loogootee who is purchasing a large retail building and presented us with an opportunity to lease most of the building for the church. Right as you pull into town there is the former Shopko building. We would have access to build out of 25,000 square feet of worship space that would include a great children’s area, large lobby like here and a great worship center. The potential of this location is fantastic and the excitement is through the roof.

We are beginning the planning process and will begin making plans to finish out the space and we are already talking to some potential staff including a campus pastor to lead the efforts there. Drew is putting together a task force of members to lead this process and we hope to hold our first services in 2016.

We are so excited about the potential. So here’s the thing. I want to be really, really clear about this. We are going multisite because we believe this is a really smart tactic to reach people faster and more effectively for Jesus Christ, period. We are not going multisite because we think it’s a cool fad. We’re not going multisite because we think we are God’s gift. We are going multisite really because God has done a tremendous thing in the life of this church and there are people who live all over and this particular campus, while it is a great thing, it is also a barrier to reach friends. I have people tell me all the time, “I would love to get my lost friend to CCJ but there is no way I can get them to drive that distance. Not to mention if you are unchurched, in some ways, this campus can be a little intimidating.

And guess what… Eventually this campus will reach a saturation point. We already fill up two services most weeks and building more here just wouldn’t be as effective as spreading out.

The Loogootee location is about as good as it can get. We don’t have to build or even do incredibly expensive remodeling in a place where a lease could be cost prohibitive. We have a business owner partnering with us to make this work. I am so excited for the opportunities.

No matter the cost, there are people dying and going to hell and we have to do all we can to reach them and where God calls He always equips and provides. I remember when starting this church one man telling me I would be broke in year. What he didn’t know is God doesn’t know limited boundaries.

2015 has been a great year but we believe the future will be greater. We believe that there are so many lost people. Times are getting dark. The world is getting bad. So the church must respond by shining the light of Jesus even brighter. We are not going to slow down or let up. We are going to love God, love people and watch this church be a generational impact as God changes the world one person at a time.

We will go to any length, short of sin, to reach those lost people. Why? It’s simple, because that’s what God did for us. He sent Jesus.

Songs We Sing (12.27.2015)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of December 27, 2015, CCJ band We Come Alive led music and we sang:

 

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Words: John Work, 1907. Music: African-American spiritual. Let your light shine!
Buy “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by Needtobreathe.
 
GLORY TO HIS NAME
Written by Elisha Albright Hoffman and John Hart Stockton, 1878. This song is also known as “Down At The Cross.” “Come to this fountain so rich and sweet/Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet/Plunge in today, and be made complete/Glory to His Name!”
Download “Glory To His Name (Live at CCJ)” by We Come Alive.
 
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Written by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1855, 1868. “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” So simple, yet something we fail to do so often. In Jesus, we find a friend and we find peace. Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.
Download “What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by The Reprise.
 
GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN
Words written by Julia H. Johnston (1911) and music by Daniel B. Towner (1910). Ephesians 2:8 says, “for it is by grace you have been saved … .” This song is a great reflection on God’s grace. “Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide. Whiter than snow you may be today.”
Buy “Grace That Is Greater” by Bart Millard.
 
I SAW THE LIGHT
Written by Hank Williams (Sr.); 1948, Additional lyrics by Johnny Cash and David Crowder. The only Hank Williams song we sing at CCJ is this one. It’s a simple song about the utter joy of being saved by God through Jesus.

Buy “I Saw The Light” by David Crowder Band.
Download a free live version of “I Saw the Light (Live)” by At One.

Songs We Sing (12.20.2015 & Glow Christmas Service)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of December 20, 2015, CCJ band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Written by Neil
 Robins,
 2010. Adapted 
from 
“Psalm
 51, 
Part 
II”
 by 
Isaac 
Watts, 1791
. Nothing we do (“no bleeding bird or beast, no hyssop branch, no priest”) is enough to make us sinners right before a perfect and holy God. In other words, no kind of sacrifice or right-living will set us right before God. Only the blood of Jesus can set us free. Great words to this song.
Buy “Only Your Blood” by Sojourn.
 
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Written by Phillips Brooks, 1867 and Lewis Redner, 1868. Brooks wrote (Redner wrote the music and was Brooks’s organist) about his horseback journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he assisted with the midnight service on Christmas Eve, 1865: “I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole church was ringing hour after hour with splendid hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the Wonderful Night of the Savior’s birth.”
Buy “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” by Mars Hill Church.
 
JOY TO THE WORLD
Written by Isaac Watts, 1719. This song was written about the SECOND coming of Christ and inspired by Psalm 98.
Download “Joy To The World (Live at CCJ)” by Alyssa + The Trio.
Buy “Joy to the World” by Narrow Path.
 
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
Written by John F. Wade, circa 1743. Isn’t it cool that songs from 1743 are still relevant today? “Word of the Father/Now in flesh appearing/O come let us adore Him.”
Buy “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Narrow Path.
 
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
Written by William C. Dix, 1865. Music: “Greensleeves,” 16th Century English melody. This isn’t just a traditional Christmas song that we include because it’s that time of year. We sing “this is Christ the King … Haste to bring him laud.” Do we rush to bring him glory and praise?
Download “What Child Is This? (Live)” by Narrow Path.
 
O HOLY NIGHT
Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847; Translated from French to English by John S. Dwight; Music: Adolphe C. Adam. This is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over a ra­dio. Narrow Path has pretty radically re-arranged this song and it has proved to be a CCJ favorite over the past few years. “In His name, all oppression shall cease.” What oppresses you and I? In the name of Jesus, the sin that oppresses us and so easily entangles us shall utimately cease.
Buy “O Holy Night” by Narrow Path.

 
 

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For the Glow Christmas services of December 20, 2015, CCJ band We Come Alive led music and we sang:

 

COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS (COME THOU FOUNT)
Written by Charles Wesley, 1745 and Rowland Prichard, 1830. A song of longing and expectation for God to free us from sin and bondage.
Download “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by Narrow Path.
Buy “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Come Thou Fount)” by Shane & Shane.
 
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Written by Charles Wes­ley, 1739; Music by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.
Buy “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Sojourn here.
 
O COME, O COME EMMANUEL
Author unknown (i.e. this one is VERY old – like 12th Century old). Lyrically, this one is also about the longing and expectation of a Savior.
Buy “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Narrow Path.
Download “O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
 
O HOLY NIGHT
Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847; Translated from French to English by John S. Dwight; Music: Adolphe C. Adam. This is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over a ra­dio. Narrow Path has pretty radically re-arranged this song and it has proved to be a CCJ favorite over the past few years. “In His name, all oppression shall cease.” What oppresses you and I? In the name of Jesus, the sin that oppresses us and so easily entangles us shall utimately cease.
Buy “O Holy Night” by Narrow Path.

 
MARY AND JOSEPH
Written by Dave Barnes, 2008. A modern telling of the story of Mary and Joseph, this cool little song was written by Nashville songwriter Dave Barnes.
Buy “Mary And Joseph” by Dave Barnes.

 
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Words: John Work, 1907. Music: African-American spiritual. Let your light shine!
Buy “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by Needtobreathe.
 
FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE (AS FAMILY WE’LL GO)
Written by Rend Collective, 2014. Set to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” this song is a reflection on the goodness of God and all that He has done for us. The song echoes Psalm 40:5, which says “O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.”
Buy “For All That You Have Done (As Family We’ll Go)” by Rend Collective.

Unleash Christmas

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In the Dec. 20 sermon “Make Room For Giving,” CCJ Family Life and Teaching Minister Drew Thurman walked us through the concept of “Unleash Christmas.” Below is a form for you to share your stories with us. You can either leave your name or be anonymous but we’d love to hear from you.

If you use social media, be sure to use the hashtag #UnleashChristmas in your posts when sharing your stories.

 
 

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